Think again

This refers to editorial titled "Trapped in winternet" (GK Dec 5). The first ever state government's decision to go ahead with winter schooling has drawn flak. No doubt it is a good decision but it has come late. A million dollar question is whether our schools are really equipped to handle winter schooling? We are quite aware about the geography and extreme climatic conditions of Kashmir. The mercury considerably goes down to -3 to -5 during the day. It is risky for students and teachers to be in schools as it can cause hypothermia. There are no two opinions that our schools lack basic infrastructure. Ironically, most of our high and higher secondary schools are still without window panes. Adequate heating arrangements have still not been made for teaching staff and not to talk of students. Because of callous attitude of the state government, the schools will remain open but without students. Education demands proper social and physical environment. Valley witnessed huge academic loss here because of volatile summer this year. Educational institutions remained shut. Govt's move to compensate the academic loss will only prove fruitful if adequate heating arrangements are made  in all high and higher secondary schools at an earliest. Also, it should be ensured that teachers start afresh with syllabus of new classes.  

Meer Nazar
Dachigam Bandipora

Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Dec 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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